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Windows 7: Reinstall Win7 on SSD or get rid of extra windows version?

28 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Reinstall Win7 on SSD or get rid of extra windows version?


I recently installed an Intel 520 series SSD (180 GB). I got the hardware hooked up right and the drive is recognized. I have the SSD and two other physical hard drives in the setup. I did a clean install of Windows 7 and had some difficulty with my graphics drivers so I had to install Windows 7 twice.

I think I installed Windows7 twice.

When I boot up before I boot up the BIOS gives me two listings of Windows 7 to boot.

On my C: Drive (the SSD) I have a Windows.old folder.

Im using about 100GBs on my SSD and I think that there's picture and video that I need to store on the regular mechanical HDDs. I have a Users folder and a folder with my name David that have a lot of media (pictures and video on them). I use carbonite as an online backup and Im not sure if I restored these files to my Crive with their automatic restore.

1. How do I get rid of one of the copies of Windows 7?

I don't mind doing another clean install but I'm not sure what to do with partions, I really don't understand them or how they affect the SSD.

2. Is there an easy way to move the Users folder off my SSD and onto a mechanical drive?

Thanks I'm not super tech savy and any help would be appreciated.

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28 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

You should have unplugged all your hard drives while doing the install to the SSD. I would do it again. You can use msconfig or easybcd to modify your boot screen. If you had windows on a hdd and installed windows to the ssd, that`s why it shows 2 on the boot screen. As I said, do it again, with just the ssd plugged in and delete any and all partitions it made during your last attempts.

It sounds like you didn`t do any research before you started.
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28 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I did unplug the other hard drives during installation.

I had previously installed Windows 7 on one of these other drives.
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28 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

Then try my 2 methods, either through msconfig or use EasyBCD.

Check to see how many OS`s are listed on the boot tab and delete 1 if 2 are showing.

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

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28 Jan 2013   #5
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Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.
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